High Performance Is Not a Secret

Jay Williams, the new assistant secretary at the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, knows what it’s like to turn around an agency with dissatisfied workers. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Williams’ recent interview with The Washington Post interview reminded me of my ... Read & React

How to Write a Job Posting That Doesn’t Terrify and Demoralize Candidates

As any job-seeker who has stared with dismay at a long list of job specs might suspect, there’s a major disconnect between most job postings and reality. Hiring managers who describe a dream candidate instead of what they actually need, or obsess about screening out all under-qualified ... Read & React

The Origins of the Anger Face

by Cari Romm

In the U.S., the thumbs-up is typically a gesture that everything’s just hunky-dory—but in the Middle East, it implies that the gesturer is about to do something decidedly unfriendly with that thumb and another person’s anatomy. In Brazil, the “OK” sign—another innocuous move in America—is an ... Read & React

What Any Leader Can Learn From Pope Francis

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Jeffrey A. Krames has been involved in publishing more than 400 business books over the course of his career and has written books on business and government leaders like Jack Welch and Donald Rumsfeld. As Krames describes himself, he is the son of Holocaust survivors and believes that Pope Francis ... Read & React

Want to Thrive? 5 Lessons From Zeke About How to Live Well

Zeke in his early days at home in upstate New York.
by Sarah Agan Director, Corner Alliance Inc.

“Zeke is not doing well.”  These were the first words my husband spoke to me as he retrieved me after I facilitated a two-day leadership off-site for a client. He grabbed my bags and hurried out of the lobby to the truck, where our 70-pound German Shorthaired Pointer, Zeke, lay in extreme ... Read & React

Risk Management: Creating Organizational Self-Defense

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late? Scandals seem to be more prevalent these days, ranging from seemingly dishonest reporting of telework hours at the Patent Office or veterans hospital access wait times, to the ... Read & React

To Be More Productive at Work, Put a Plant on Your Desk

The quest to design the perfect office space—a working environment that boosts employee well-being and maximizes productivity—is never-ending. Some swap cubicles for open layouts. Others ditch chairs in favor of standing desks. Now, thanks to research showing a link between plants and productivity, ... Read & React

Three of the Most Common Delegation Ah-ha's

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of the biggest shifts that most rising leaders have to make is the shift from being the go-to person to someone who builds teams of go-to people. As you take on more and more scope in your leadership role, you can’t continue to operate as the go-to person who acts as if you’re personally ... Read & React

​To RIF or Not to RIF

Reduction in force is a term that frightens most federal workers. It means uncertainty, potential loss of a job, disruption, and usually more questions than answers. Politicians (even the ones who want to shrink the federal government) oppose them. So do managers, unions, and most people who write ... Read & React

People With an Inflated View of Themselves Get Others to Believe It, Too

In a meritocracy, talent is supposed to rise to the top. That way, important positions like political and executive offices can be filled by those best-equipped to do the job. But when it comes to sizing up others’ abilities, a new study says we pay more attention to confidence than competence. ... Read & React